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There are two things that Cubs fans remember from Brett Jackson’s call up last season.
First, him making an amazing catch before a mid-air face-plant into the center field fencing at Pittsburgh.
Second, his inability to make contact with the ball.
Oddly enough, though, Jackson was able to regularly get on base during his 2012 call-up.
His ability to get on base showed that his pitch selection was not the major contributing factor in his struggles at the plate. So in the offseason, Jackson met with manager Dale Sveum, hitting coach James Rowson and assistant hitting coach Rob Deer to revamp his swing.
And the results?
While he has five strikeouts in 24 plate appearances, he also has five walks and five hits.
Jackson has demonstrated his new swing could prove be the answer to his batter's box woes by batting .313 in Cactus League play with a .458 OBP.
If he can continue the success he has found in his new swing when he begins the season with the Iowa Cubs, he could see his first 2013 call-up occur much earlier in the season than his 2012 one.